The inspiration fro this project came from Artsy Artful Amy (a fantastic blog full of excellent resources and ideas!). I wanted to expose my 5th graders to an art making process that relied heavily on personal connections, meaningful experiences, and story telling. When they (hopefully) take art in middle school, these factors will inform their creative process and I thought that introducing these concepts now would really give them a great opportunity to begin thinking about deeper ideas and meaning.
We began by brainstorming and coming up with an idea for a memory. Students made lists of people who were important in their life, why those people are important, and a memory involving one or more of the important people. If someone had taken a picture of that memory, what would be in the picture? These collages became a snapshot of time and something the kids really connected with.
Hitting a pinata:
Check out the pencil shavings used as a campfire:
Dinner at Olive Garden:
She used a hole puncher to create rain
These were intended to be 2D works but one creative student had the brilliant and creative idea to make his pop up and many others followed suit.
Birthday party at a pool:
Next time I do this project I will be sure to use smaller paper and work more on the initial idea and sketch with the students. Overall, this project was pretty successful and I think that if my 5th graders weren’t suffering from such a severe case of senioritis they would have enjoyed the creative freedom much more. With only a month left of school who can blame them!